Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2007 10:23 am by HL
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Nine U.S. soldiers died in two separate incidents north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday.
Six soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded near their vehicles during a combat operation Monday in Salahuddin province, the military said in a statement.
Three other soldiers were wounded and transported to an American military hospital for treatment, it said.
In another incident the same day, three more soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Diyala province, another statement said. One soldier was wounded.
All nine were assigned to Task Force Lightning. Names were withheld pending family notification.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims streaming toward the holy city of Karbala, killing 93 people in one of several attacks targeting the faithful ahead of a weekend holiday.
The attack came a day after U.S. forces suffered their deadliest day in nearly a month â€” nine American soldiers were killed in explosions north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday.
The coordinated attack Tuesday happened on a main street in Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, said Capt. Muthana Khalid. He said 93 people were killed and more than 164 wounded.
Two men wearing explosives belts mingled among pilgrims lining up to be searched at a checkpoint before a bridge, then blew themselves up, said Brig. Gen. Othman al-Ghanemi, the regional police commander.
“This attack has created a chaotic situation and people are very angry. Many innocent people died who only wanted to practice their religious beliefs,” he said.